These days, 5G networking is the talk of the town. Of course, that town being the entire world. With this kind of technological change being so huge, many people believe that it hasn’t come under enough scrutiny in terms of potentially adverse health effects.
And it’s no small wonder either, seeing as this is a very untested piece of technology. This is precisely why so many concerns over 5G human safety have been raised. So, is this tech safe to be around, and are there any precautionary steps you need to take? We’ll explore this in detail below.
1. Is 5G Safe?
We’ll give you the gist of it right away – we’re unsure. And the “we” stands for the entire world media and scientific community. No kind of conclusive testing has been done to decidedly confirm human safety around 5G signal exposure. On the other hand, the amount of evidence that suggests this technology might not be safe for humans is slowly growing.
“5g is not proven to be safe”
We have to remember that 5G is not a purely altruistic piece of technology – far from it. In reality, there is a huge commercial incentive for the regulations on 5G to be as lenient as possible. This is why many are concerned over the objectivity of the research into this phenomenon. After all, it wouldn’t be the first time if commercial interests trumped scientific objectivity in the long run.
For instance, the bigger trade associations for telecommunication companies claim that this new network will follow in the footsteps of 4G safety guidelines across the world. However, the main purpose of these organizations is to secure the interests of their investors; so take this with a grain of salt. On this subject, American federal authorities remain equally ambivalent – providing only careful wording that claims 5G is as secure as 4G was.
Right here, we have to note where the standards for the safety of these networks come from. They were all devised during the 1990s. While this may not seem that long ago, in tech years we’re pretty much talking about ancient history. Just think about how things have changed since then when it comes to computers, for instance.
And therein lies the problem – back then, the effects of EMF radiation on humans were far less apparent. Plus, the wireless Internet technologies that represent the pinnacle of EMF were barely in existence.
The safety standards that were designed back then are concerned with only one aspect of EMF – its thermal levels. In other words, EMF-heavy technologies like 5G are deemed safe if their heat levels aren’t high enough to physically harm your tissue. These days, we know that there are radiation dangers that aren’t always physically noticeable – and the safety standards of the global scientific community should be changed in accordance with this.
This is just one of the reasons why almost 200 researchers and scientists from all corners of the globe tried to petition against global 5G testing and deployment. Instead, they asked for the EMF frequencies of 5G to be tested more thoroughly before subjecting humans to it.
However, the rollout of 5G towers continued, and their pleas were dismissed due to “inconclusive evidence”. In reality, the objective truth is that both sides of the debate cannot produce conclusive evidence; but this makes the need for 5G safety research all the more adamant.
2. How Does the 5G Regulation Currently Look Like?
Considering all of this, how does 5G regulation currently look like? To put it simply – specific regulation for this type of network does not exist, which is quite worrisome. In other words, this network is subject to the same regulations as the previous iterations of mobile networks like 3G and 4G. However, obviously, they may not have the same safety levels as the previous ones.
“The safety regulations are outdated”
For example, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) hasn’t made big strides in specifically exploring the effects of 5G EMF radiation on humans. The EMF exposure regulations and guidelines are still based on the research done in the second half of 1990s. And since that time, plenty of studies have pointed out the potentially negative effects of EMF exposure to human health.
To put it simply – even if EMF radiation isn’t dangerous in the thermal sense, it may pose other dangers to your health. Many studies indicate that EMF causes certain changes in living beings when it’s far below the safety levels regulated by global guidelines. While no genetic and reproductive damages have been conclusively found, they haven’t been disproven either; precisely because of a lack of extensive testing on the subject.
With this in mind, numerous scientific experts across the world have started campaigning against EMF radiation in the past couple of years. However, their efforts haven’t gained much traction when faced with the overwhelming lobbying from telecommunication companies. It’s not even clear whether federal or state authorities are responsible for EMF regulation in the USA, let alone what that regulation should look like, and how harsh or lenient it should be.
This alone represents the biggest reason why people should take it upon themselves to stay informed on EMF and 5G developments. When governmental agencies fail to do their work, individuals must watch out for themselves.
While we’ve talked a lot about how US authorities are (mis)handling the regulation of 5G development, it’s important to note that this is not a local phenomenon. As all other cellular networks have been, 5G will also have a global reach; meaning that it’s a concern for people all over the world. That’s why the scientific communities from a wide variety of countries have been exploring this issue; with equal divisiveness everywhere.
3. 5G Satellites
The antennas spotted around the globe won’t be the only way 5G signals are transmitted throughout the environment. Many of them are satellite dishes – meaning they’re used to send and receive signals from satellites.
Yes, not all 5G sources will be present on Earth’s soil. Many telecommunication companies are investing in orbital satellites; contraptions that will be orbiting in Earth’s lower atmosphere, and give more 5G coverage worldwide.
“Impossible to escape from it, 5G signals are everywhere”
This is just one of the reasons why 5G regulation is becoming increasingly important as time goes on. Soon enough, physically escaping EMF from 5G signals will be nigh impossible.
4. Potential Health Issues Linked to 5G
By now, you’re probably wondering what the specific health issues that you are at risk from EMF like 5G are.
“Even though there are no scientific studies that confirm the damage wrought by 5G,
there are plenty of individual accounts
that document a potential link between health problems and 5G.”
For example, there are many individuals who claim that they’ve developed electro hypersensitivity due to EMF exposure. These people have huge issues with keeping their jobs and adapting their lifestyle to their new reality. Frequently, they are forced to relocate to rural areas where EMF and 5G are less of a problem.
Both the World Health Organization and other organizations in medical science do not accept electro hypersensitivity as a real-world illness. However, regardless of whether this is a real “allergy” to electromagnetic fields or one that people experience on a purely psychological basis; the end result is still the same. The pain these people feel is definitely real, and their lives are upturned all the same; regardless of whether we’re talking about a biological or a psychological issue.
For people who develop electro hypersensitivity, the appearance of 5G satellites across the globe means a very real issue. It is estimated that, by the end of the coming decade, there won’t be a single place on the planet with low EMF exposure; regardless of whether we want this to happen or not.
These satellites will most often be found in the magnetosphere of the planet, meaning that they will largely affect the electrical currents of our atmosphere. This could pose to be a much bigger problem for human life on Earth compared to mere ground dishes and antennas. This is exactly why we deem thorough research on 5G and EMF in general to be something we desperately need on a global scale.
If the planned infrastructure (both in space and on Earth) of telecommunication companies is put into place, we will have global 5G coverage without ever having concluded that this is not harmful. And by the time it’s all already in place, it will possibly have been too late already.
Once we have a critical mass of research on this important subject, the proper legislation governing 5G and reigning in its infrastructure may prove to be needed. If science confirms the suspicions of many concerned citizens around the world, halting the development of this EMF-heavy tech will be a necessity.
5. What Are the Safety Measures That Can Be Taken?
If you’re going to take away one hard truth about 5G from this, it’s the fact that this issue is not in a status quo. While the debate about its adverse effects (or lack thereof) rages in both scientific circles and pop culture alike – the advent of 5G satellites and antennas has not halted. Actually, it’s going as strong as ever. So, for those who are concerned with the safety of 5G on a daily basis; what can you do to protect yourself from potential danger as of now?
The reason why there are that many 5G antennas constructed all around the globe is actually simple – this is a signal that is not designed to travel far and wide on its own. In order to attain its targeted global reach, 5G must rely on numerous cell receptors.
This is why rural areas don’t see as many 5G towers in their vicinity. After all, when investors decide to put up infrastructure for 5G, they strategically look to reach as many phone users as possible. In sparsely populated rural areas, there often aren’t enough people to warrant an investment into spreading 5G there.
What does that mean for us? Well, if you’re serious about avoiding 5G signals and their EMF radiation, you’ll find this far easier to achieve if you’re in a rural area; a small remote town or village with a few inhabitants. Naturally, a majority of people won’t move their families to a new home just to avoid 5G. But if you’re already thinking about moving for other reasons, this might be an additional one to consider. This is exactly the reason why we (the founders of Awaveness) all moved from bigger cities to a small remote village. Living in a remote area means being shielded from 5G sources, though just the terrestrial ones.
Keeping Maximum Distance
There are certain things which you can still do to minimize the effect of 5G radiation on yourself and your loved ones. For instance, modern technology is definitely becoming almost omnipresent.
Regardless of where you are and what you’re doing, chances are that you’ll be in the presence of some sort of digital tech that works on an electromagnetic frequency. However, in most cases, the tech that we need to watch out the most are the devices we’re using ourselves; we’ve just grown accustomed to not second-guessing them. That’s why we recommend organizing your household so that you’re spending the majority of your time away from devices that emit EMF signals.
Distance is crucial here, seeing as the power of 5G and other types of radiation greatly reduces with distance. For instance, if you double the amount of space between the source of 5G or other EMF and yourself, the impact on you will go down by a staggering 75%. In physics, this is dubbed the inverse-square law, and it’s often used to describe the effect of light – but it applies to this type of radiation too.
Here’s another way to protect yourself from the potentially adverse effects of 5G. Remember how we mentioned that the main way EMF reaches us in our daily lives is through devices in our household? Obviously, seeing as 5G is a cellular network – there’s no device more important in this regard than your phone.
For better or worse, most of us treat our phones like something akin to an external organ. Think about it – when’s the last time you’ve spent an extended period without using your phone, or at least having it nearby. Even when our smartphones malfunction and need to be repaired, we usually look for alternatives in the interim. With that in mind – you should try to alter your usual habits and routines to reduce phone usage.
Changing Our Ways – It’s All a Matter of Habit
Obviously, for reasons for personal and professional – completely separating yourself from your phone is rarely an option. It’s become a part of our personal scenery, a piece of tech people rarely live without. Imagine a household without a fridge or a television – it seems ridiculous.
Nevertheless, it doesn’t mean that you can’t aim to reduce your personal exposure to this kind of tech on a daily basis. As you’ll soon realize, it’s all a matter of habit. For starters – how many of us fall asleep browsing endless streams of text and video on our phones? It’s become a part of the nighttime routine for a huge number of people. But once you fall asleep – that’s an additional 8 hours you’re being exposed to 5G radiation. And that’s basically a third of your entire day!
Yes, it’s astounding – but one little thing could help you reduce your EMF exposure by more than 30%: just stop sleeping with your phone nearby. Also, whenever possible, you should talk to people on your phone using speakerphone mode. That will enable you to sustain some semblance of distance between yourself and the device.
On the other hand, most households have Wi-Fi these days. And while this is still an EMF-emitting signal, there are indications that Wi-Fi is less dangerous than 5G. Or, in the very least, it’s been proven to cause less harm. With this in mind, you should try using local Wi-Fi instead of the 5G-powered mobile data. You will still get all of the features you have on a mobile data connection, but with much less EMF exposure.
What to Do Today?
Before all of this comes to pass, the most important thing we should focus on as individuals is our personal experience. If you manage to shield yourself from any excess 5G exposure, you will do a good thing for society as well. Naturally, bringing about the social change we’ve talked about above is something that won’t simply stem from you putting your phone away before you go to bed.
“In the coming years, personal changes and awareness is something we should all consider.”
It won’t cost you much to simply boycott any devices that use the 5G technology. Of course, once you need a new phone, it’s not realistic to simply never buy one. Sooner or later, you’ll need one for personal communication. However, you could think about getting an older model, one that doesn’t come with 5G capabilities. You’ll still be able to use Wi-Fi or older mobile data technologies, so it’s a win-win.
Also, all of the “smart” devices that the market will be flooded within the coming years will work on 5G tech. And many of these pieces of technology are simply novelty items, whose older models will do just as fine of a job. If you’re buying a new fridge, for example – do you really need a fridge that can connect to the Internet and talk? At the end of the day, its main purpose is to keep your food fresh and your drinks cold; let it stay that way.